Folks put on your seat belts, it is going to be very turbulent in Egypt, another Somalia is possibly in the making. You would think Africans are capable of making rational judgements based on history. Many Egyptians are supporting the Muslim Brotherhood whose agenda is largely unknown, what we know for sure is that some radical elements within the Muslim Brotherhood are looking for another Islamist state in Egypt. What would it take for some people to understand that Religion and Government does not work!.
Let us go a little deeper into History and learn that governments based on religious doctrines have not worked in cases where it has been tried. In England many centuries ago this idea was tried, and it led to anarchy some of their rulers were assassinated and there were endless fighting between Catholics and Protestants. England learned a huge lesson that religion and state do not mix. They enshrined the concept of "Separation of Church and State" into their Constitution and England has known peace since then, still some Africans make no connections.
Then a proxy battle between waring religious groups involving Catholics, Protestants and the British Government ensued in Northern Island which devastated the economy of the region. Belfast experienced endless IRA bomb attacks until suddenly some Europeans made some connections leading to a resolution of the IRA debacle. The Irish economy then took off big time and still some Africans made no connections.
Some of the early immigrants who emigrated to America vowed never to allow their experiences in England in new American territories. Even before their ships made it to America, they the early immigrants on The Mayflower ship agreed in principle what form of government they would set up once they arrived at the shores of America. Such issues as Magna Carta became important to them and efforts were made not to duplicate the religious persecution going on in England once they reached America. Eventually early Americans also enshrined the doctrine of "Separation of Church and State" into their Constitution. America has known peace on that front, still some Africans make no connections.
Then state religion was tried in places like Saudi Arabia, it is still surviving there because of people's allegiance to the Saudi Monarchy controlling the bulk of the oil revenues, amidst serious human rights abuses of Muslims and people of other faiths. Then the Saudi experiment produced Osama Bin Laden and religious extremism, was exported into Afghanistan championed by the Taliban. Afghanistan became a failed state and anarchy was the order of the day, still some Africans make no connections.
Then some radicals in Yemen introduced extremism into that neck of the woods which devastated the region and eventually spilled over to Somalia, needless to say that Somalia is a failed stated with different warlords and AK-47 became the weapon of choice for criminal armed gangs. When there was nothing else of economic significance left in Somalia, these gangs turned to the high seas to highjack vessels for ransom, still some Africans make no connections.
Closer to home in Sudan, the Khartoum based government introduced its own version of state government based on religious principles, and the menace of Janjaweed militia became a tool of suppression of Southern Sudanese people and then the Global community stepped in and the birth of a new nation (Southern Sudan) became the only option and Sudan was divided into two countries, and still some Africans make no connections.
Meanwhile Nigerian states in the Northern half of the country is experimenting with their own version of governance based on religious principles. Nearly 20,000 Nigerians have died in endless sectarian riots all over Northern Nigeria plus some killed in the South for reprisal attacks. Then the whole experiment gave birth to a new organization Boko Haram which continues to kill and maim innocent Nigerians in the name of religion. Still Africans are unable to make connections, and now Muslim Brotherhood emerged in Egypt, their agenda is largely unknown, but we know the group also have religious extremists among them and the future of Egypt is in limbo, and potentially the Talibanization of Egypt may have started, and still some Africans make no connections.
Be it known though that among the progressive countries of the developing world are Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, India, Ghana and others. These countries do not have government based on religious principles, could this be the reason for some of their progress, and still some Africans make no connections!!
Those are my views, yours always welcome